PSG held talks with Barcelona to sign Dembele, Campos reveals

‘He’s great but we had different plans’: PSG director Luis Campos reveals the French champions opted against signing Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele this summer because they are ‘playing with another system’

  • PSG reportedly held talks with Barcelona to sign Ousmane Dembele this summer
  • Director Luis Campos was eager to bring the French international to the capital
  • But the deal ultimately fell through as Dembele did not fit their tactical set-up

Paris Saint-Germain turned down the opportunity to sign Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele because he did not fit the French champions’ system, according to reports.

Director Luis Campos has revealed that PSG were very interested in luring the France star to the Parc de Princes this summer and organised negotiations with Barcelona.

Dembele was brought in by the Spanish giants from Borussia Dortmund for an all-inclusive fee of £136million in 2017.

Paris Saint-Germain held talks with Barcelona in a bid to sign Ousmane Dembele this summer

Luis Campos revealed that Dembele did not sign as PSG were ‘playing with another system’

According to Fabrizio Romano, the PSG chief holds Dembele in very high regard and would have ‘loved’ to bring him to Paris in the near future.

Campos said: ‘We didn’t sign Dembele because he’s a winger and we’re playing with another system.

‘I love Dembele, he’s great but we had different plans’.

The winger joined the Spanish giants from Dortmund for a blockbuster fee of £136m in 2017

Injury has blighted Barcelona winger’s career at the Nou Camp since his blockbuster arrival five years ago.

Dembele was ruled out of almost the entirety of the 2019-20 season with a series of hamstring tears and found himself back on the treatment table at the start last campaign due to a knee injury.

Having started this season with two goals and four assists in eight matches across all competitions, the Frenchman is hoping he can remain injury free for Barcelona ahead of a long and disruptive campaign. 

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